The Other Side of Freedom

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Publisher: Write Integrity Press
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 200

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When the reward is the most costly sacrifice of all ...

In a southern farming community in 1925, thirteen-year-old Salvatore and his Italian immigrant father become involved against their will in a crime that results in the murder of an innocent man and family friend. Will Sal keep the secrets about that night as his father asks, or risk everything he and his family cherish in their new homeland, including their lives?

Amidst bigotry, bootlegging, police corruption, and gangland threats, Sal must discover whom he can trust in order to protect himself and his family and win back his father's freedom. Sal's family, their African-American farmhand, and the girl who is Sal's best friend find their lives forever changed as dreams are shattered and attitudes challenged in a small community called Freedom.

Sexuality: None Brief, innocent kiss. Violence & Gore: Mild Nothing graphically described, but there is gun violence when a criminal shoots an innocent man and when a father must shoot a bad guy to save the lives of children. Criminals handle children roughly but do them no permanent harm. Profanity: None Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: None No alcohol consumption by the young characters. Use of alcohol is addressed regarding adults (the setting is during Prohibition). One teen male character smokes but behaves as though he knows he should not smoke.

Editorial Reviews

"... a powerful story that will resonate with readers of all ages. Recommended for home and school libraries." - Children's Literary Classics Book Reviews, Seal of Approval

"... a truly compelling coming-of-age story. The setting was beautifully described ... one felt oneself being drawn back to the era of gangsters, the G-Men, and bootlegging across the south. The feel of the story was authentic ..." - Readers' Favorite, 5-star review

"Young adults will love this novel full of adventure and risk ... about a difficult period of American history when one law had such violent and negative consequences for innocent Italian-American families." - Historical Novel Society

About the Author:
Cynthia T. Toney

Cynthia is a former advertising designer, marketing director, and interior decorator who holds a BA in art education with a minor in history. She writes for preteens and teens because she wants them to know how wonderful, powerful, and valuable they are. At other jobs, she had trouble following directions and keeping her foot out of her mouth. While employed by a large daily newspaper, she rewrote some ad copy without permission and got reprimanded for it. At that point, she knew she was destined to become an author. It's probably best that she is now self-employed. In her spare time, when she's not cooking Cajun or Italian food, Cynthia grows herbs and makes silk accent pillows. If you make her angry, she will throw one at you. A pillow, not an herb. Well, maybe both.

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